THIS is the shocking moment a British Army barracks ceiling caved in sending water cascading to the floor.
Large chunks of debris drop from the ceiling at the military quarters while a soldier films the wreckage as it falls.
As part of the ceiling collapses near a wardrobe water is heard pouring onto the floor at Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk.
A soldier filming the collapse is heard groaning “no” as another piece of the ceiling falls.
Part of the ceiling in two rooms collapsed after an incident involving the heating system at the station, a military spokesman said.
Sodden carpets were due to be be ripped out and dehumidifiers installed to help dry the rooms out following the incident.
The base is the home of British Army’s Attack Helicopters, the Apaches3 Regiment Army Air Corps and 4 Regiment Army Air Corps.
It comes after reports that hundreds of British Army soldiers and their families were being forced to live in squalid homes caked with mould and stained with urine.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned £1.5billion worth of urgent repairs are needed by the MoD at its “substandard accommodation”.
An NAO report last year found more than a third of the 80,000 servicemen and women living in MoD subsidised accommodation were living in ‘poorer grade’ conditions.
Conditions were so poor in one home a wife said that they were given leaflets about “legionnaires disease, asbestos and damp” when they moved in, MailOnline reports.
Tenants also reported leaking pipes three times before their ceiling collapsed in the middle of the night.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has unveile a £200m fund for armed forces personnel’s homes to provide “the standard of living they deserve”.
An NAO survey found almost half (49 per cent) of those living in single block accommodation weren’t satisfied with their living conditions.
We are aware of an incident involving the heating system at Wattisham Flying Station, that caused part of the ceiling in two rooms to collapse
A Defence Infrastructure Organisation spokesman
Following the incident at Wattisham, a Defence Infrastructure Organisation spokesman said: “Providing good quality accommodation to the Armed Forces is a top priority for the Ministry of Defence.
“We are aware of an incident involving the heating system at Wattisham Flying Station, that caused part of the ceiling in two rooms to collapse.
“We are working urgently to rectify the damage; the affected rooms have been made safe and the occupants offered alternative accommodation while the issue is resolved.”
A duty engineer later made safe the affected accommodation and isolated the heating system involved.